This isn’t something most people look into but a company called spranq in has created this font which saves ~20% of your ink. They recommend a laser printer for best results but, since I don’t have one, I tried it on my regular inkjet and didn’t find any degradation of quality upto 14pt at least. However, on screen as you can see in the attached image, it starts to get irritating. Ecofont is free although the developers do take donations.
Get it from :: Ecofont
Compariing Ecofont with Arial and Verdana
I’ve been looking for something like this for ages – in fact I even tried creating this font once many years ago. It wasn’t a very professional job but I used it for a while anyway.
Based on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s typeface for the Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland, this font has been created by the same brilliant designers who made the logos for Mozilla’s Thunderbird and Firefox. The font also has special characters for the words ‘to’, ‘at’ and ‘of’, and comes in Mac, PC and Opentype formats.
Go to :: hicksdesign
This Czech site (don’t worry, the link is for the English page) contains some useful software, routines, patches and fonts for AutoDesk related products. New uploads have their date highlighted in red so even if you check it once in a couple of months, it’s easy to see what’s changed.
XANADU – CAD files and utilities
This site wants to be “For Everything AutoCAD”. Includes AutoCAD blocks (version 2006) tutorials, LISP routines, shx fonts and hatches. There’s also a forum for discussion and, possibly trouble-shooting. Time will tell if this site strikes a chord with users or if it’ll die away like many others before it.
This site has texture libraries, LISP routines and and a large number of 3D objects in AutoCAD, nXt, Rhino and Revit formats (look in the “exchange” section).
This site has more than 1001 free fonts I’m sure these days. Available in both, Windows (True Type) and Mac formats, listed alphabetically and with a preview for each font, this is pretty much the first place I go to when I’m looking for a particular typeface.
This is a collection of almost everything for the Cad user – SHX fonts, hatches, LISP routines and Blocks. There’s even an old collection of drivers in case you have some old equipment lying around.
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CadDepot also has a massive collection of blocks to insert into your drawings. Not all of them are freeware though and please look out for blocks that have been created by unlicensed versions of AutoCad. If you’ve ever had your drawings “infected” with the Educational Version watermark, you’ll know why this is important to check.
There are also lots of Fonts, font utilities and LISP routines so subscribing (free) to their newsletter will inform you of updates. You will need to sign up to access the files at this site anyway and it is well worth it in my opinion. They have never spammed me till date.
They also have a “make font” utility designed to aid in creating and customising SHX fonts. The program is designed so that anyone can customise fonts without having a thorough knowledge of shape files.